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American Education 15th Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0078024344
ISBN-10: 007802434X
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About the Author

Joel Spring received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He currently teaches at Queens College of the City University of New York. His major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty books and the most recent are How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Globalization and Educational Rights; and Educating the Consumer Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising, and Media.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 15 edition (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007802434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078024344
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CG2009 on April 23, 2015
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There is some interesting information in this book, but it is a hard read. I had to read this for a Masters class and it was utterly painful to get through every part of it, and I wasn't the only one to think that. Long, boring.......I don't know what else to say.
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The impact of society on American public education is great. This book takes you through the historic goals of public education in the U.S. and discusses the effect of legislation on modern public school policy. Funding, No Child Left Behind, Equal Rights and equality of educational opportunity are discussed throughout the book, giving readers an insight to the teacher, parent and student perspective.
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It was an easy read on some of the many topics of education. IT was a good overview on the history of the American Education. This would serve as a good reference and give a basic overview on many different issues such as race, economics, learning disabilities.

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Springer detailed the "systems' problem snd how we could fix them, and I like his ideas. However, I am pretty far-left of center. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone seeking a pro-gun toting, bible thumping America.
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I bought this book for my class and I didn't really care for it. It presents two sides of each issue but it gets kind of confusing and I didn't think it was well organized. The topics are fairly current and I also think the topics represent issues that are being faced by education today.
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By nola5h on January 7, 2013
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This book was a requirement for a graduate course. It was easy to read and follow the issues. The author spends too much time saying the same thing in different words. But as text books go, not bad.
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I was required to read "American Education" by Joel Spring for a graduate class at Santa Clara University. I did read the book cover to cover and have found it a great way to gain a much wider perspective on the American education system. If you would like to know more about education, equality of opportunity, the way the American education system works, the challenges the US faces of having a diverse student population this is the book for you. Spring provides a lot of questions for deeper thought and reflection but does not always provide solutions or answers to those questions you would like more information about. His questions are mainly food for thought.
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I would never have selected this book on my own. It was required for the course I was taking and therefore I ordered it. The best thing about it is that I was able to get a used book, in excellent condition, at a fraction of the cost.
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